May 20, 2019
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
For More Information Contact:
Brigitte Blom Ramsey, Executive Director
State Farm Provides Continuing Support for Engaging Parents in Schools
$10,000 grant awarded for work of Prichard Committee’s
Commonwealth Institute for Parent Leadership
LEXINGTON, KY – State Farm is providing continuing support for the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence with its recent $10,000 grant to the Commonwealth Institute for Parent Leadership.
The grant, reflecting State Farm’s longstanding commitment to the work, will assist the committee’s efforts to provide training and a comprehensive system of supports to engage and empower parents to become vocal advocates on behalf of educational excellence for all Kentucky children.
The program, conceived by the late Beverly Nickell Raimondo, began in 1997 and has since provided training for more than 2,600 parents. Many of these Fellows have been elected to local school boards and school councils or assumed leadership positions at the state and local level.
In April, parents participated in the second Kentucky Parent Leadership Summit presented by the Committee. In addition, the Committee supported and trained fourteen Commonwealth Institute for Parent Leadership (CIPL) fellows, including eight Education Trust Family Fellows, through the past year.
Plans continue in 2019 for intensive local training sessions known as Basecamps and other support for emerging parent leaders.
“State Farm’s support is the backbone of this work,” said Brigitte Blom Ramsey, executive director of the Prichard Committee. “As a longstanding corporate partner, they have shown a clear commitment to building excellence for all Kentucky schools and the children they serve.”
“State Farm is a proud sponsor of the Prichard Committee’s efforts to inspire and equip parents to serve as leaders in education advocacy and school governance, and to collaborate with other parents, school, and community leaders in improving educational outcomes for all students,” stated Jim Slaven, Public Affairs Community Specialist for Indiana/Illinois/Kentucky at State Farm Insurance. “We believe education is critical for healthy, vibrant communities and are proud to support the Committee’s mission of educational excellence for all students.”
Parents can find out more information about the Commonwealth Institute for Parent Leadership, including how to sign up to become a CIPL Fellow, on the Prichard Committee’s website, prichardcommittee.org/family_engagement.
The Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence is an independent, nonpartisan, citizen-led organization working to improve education in Kentucky – early childhood through postsecondary.